Caught on Video, Man Arraigned On Felony Burglary Charges

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Norbin Hernande-Zubin with his attorney, Wendy Russo, before his arraignment Wednesday. Stephen J. Kotz photo

A 22-year-old Brentwood man, who had just completed his first day on a new job, stole a new 75-inch television from a house that is under construction on Taft Place Monday night, Sag Harbor Village Police said.

Norbin Hernandez-Zuniga was arrested Tuesday on felony grand larceny and burglary charges after the general contractor building the house gave police video allegedly showing him walking into the home and approach a security camera, which he held up to his face, before leaving with a television valued at $1,975 that was still in the box. Police said he had an accomplice, who they have yet to take into custody.

Police said Mr. Hernandez-Zuniga’s employer, Chris Bardsley, a Shirley painting contractor, recognized his new employee in the video. Mr. Hernandez-Zuniga was taken into custody at the job site and gave a statement confessing to the crime, although he at first gave a different name, police said.

Mr. Hernandez-Zuniga, who was wearing a “Chris Bardsley’s Custom Painting” sweatshirt, black sweatpants and white sneakers, appeared in court Wednesday morning with his legal aid attorney, Wendy Russo. She asked Sag Harbor Village Justice Janine M. Rayano to reduce the $10,000 cash bail requested by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. She told the judge her client had no criminal record and had graduated from Riverhead High School three years ago.

But Justice Rayano, noting that Mr. Hernandez-Zuniga had no ties to Sag Harbor and that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had requested he be turned over to them for questioning about his immigration status, refused.  Although two of Mr. Hernandez-Zuniga’s friends were in the courtroom, they said they were not there to put up his bail, and he was remanded to Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.

Mr. Hernandez-Zuniga was charged with felony counts of burglary in the third degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass in the third degree and false impersonation. He is due back in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court at 9 a.m. on Monday.

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